How a #SexStrike became fake news

In Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, the eponymous ancient Greek heroine convenes women from across the Hellenistic world to forswear sex until such time as their husbands agree to end the Peloponnesian War.

Along with some other drastic actions, the women's sexual moratorium does eventually result in a peace agreement, and it all ends happily, with pleased lovers grateful for their reunion, so to speak.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2019, with the headline 'How a #SexStrike became fake news'. Print Edition | Subscribe